It has been announced today that French-Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin will commence his appointment as Music Director of New York’s Metropolitan Opera in September this year – 2 seasons earlier than originally planned.
The change to Nézet-Séguin’s commencement comes just months after the opera house announced they had suspended relations with Music Director Emeritus James Levine – pending an investigation into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
Nézet-Séguin will lead productions of ‘La Traviata’, ‘Pelléas et Mélisande’ and ‘Dialogues des Carmélites’ during the 2018-19 season.
He has served as principal conductor of the Montreal Orchestre Metropolitan since 2000 – and as Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2012.
The Met has indicated new funding was found to support the decision, including a $15 million gift from the Neubauer Family Foundation – who were also founding sponsors of the opera house’s successful ‘LIVE in HD’ movie theatre transmissions.